Taking place between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers and along the promenade, the resort will be bustling with, what could be, up to a million visitors over the 4 days, holiday makers and residents.
The More Bus Bournemouth Air Festival will host the following headline military displays – bringing aviation pleasure, enjoyment and entertainment to hundreds of thousands of visitors:
Led by ‘Red One’, the Red Arrows will return to the skies over Bournemouth; recognised as one of the World’s leading military aerobatic display teams, the 9 scarlet Hawks will be taking to the skies not once, or twice, but a record three times this year, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The Eurofighter Typhoon will be astounding the crowds with combat performance displays on Thursday, Friday and Sunday.The RAF Falcons will ‘drop in’ each afternoon and perform their unique and colourful aerial display including the ‘no contact’ canopy stack.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will take us back to the 1940s as the Spitfire, the Hurricane and the Avro Lancaster take to the skies on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, The Lancaster will be flying solo. We will also see displays by the Royal Air Force’s current line up of training aircraft – the Tutor, Tucano and Hawk on every day of the festival. And The Royal Navy will be supporting with The Royal Navy Black Cats Helicopter Display Team on Thursday and Friday, featuring Lynx helicopters and beach landings, with expected air support, from the naval ship RFA Mounts Bay.
The King Air, with a new prize winning display, will also be taking to the skies on all four days.
Civilian aircraft includes the world’s only formation wing walking team – Team Guinot and locally-based Yakovlevs Aerobatic Team performing on each day of the festival.
The Blue Eagles helicopter diplay team will be thrilling the crowds every afternoon and having been away from the Air Festival circuit for a number of years The Sea Vixen takes to the skys on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
A Falcon 20 jet will take to the skies on Friday whilst on Friday, Saturday and Sunday crowds can enjoy a display from a restored folland Gnat jet. The Gnat will also be performing exclusively with the Red Arrows on Friday and Saturday.
Part of the Royal Navy Historic flight, The Sea Hawk will wow audiences on Saturday and Sunday and the weekend will also enjoy a dynamic routine from a DC-6 jet.
Flying their two seat Extra 300 LP’s The Blades will be performing too on Saturday and Sunday as will The Plane Sailing Catalina.
Not just based upon visual acrobatics and feats of breathtaking sky-high aviation, ground displays, events, ‘Big Bang’ firework display on Saturday night, live music and entertainment will be taking place throughout the day and into the early evening to maintain an action-packed festival theme – watch out for the stunning balloon glow!